The Red Pony
Coming of Age Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
The warm morning sun shone on Jody's back so sweetly that he was forced to take a serious stiff-legged hop now and then in spite of his maturity. (3.49)
Admit it, Shmoopers. No matter how old we are, we're all tempted to skip in the sunshine now and then. Jody's no different. He just gets away with it a little more easily than the rest of us.
Jody sighed deeply. "It's a long time, isn't it?"
"And then it'll be about two years more before you can ride."
Jody cried out in despair, "I'll be grown up."
"Yep, you'll be an old man," said Billy. (3.69-3.72)
Sure, Billy's just teasing Jody here, but he does have a point. Two years is a long time in the life of a kid. What's interesting here is that he seems to think that when he's grown, he won't be able to enjoy the horse as much. But why?
A race of giants had lived then, fearless men, men of staunchness unknown in this day. (4.113)
Jody's obviously not one of these guys. But he totally wants to be when he grows up. The problem is, these men don't exist anymore. So what sort of man will Jody be when he's no longer a kid?